Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (185)

Tony McLoughlin


185. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the OPW funding allocated towards the upkeep of the Pollnadiva pier, Dromore West, County Sligo, since 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11297/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute.

In addition, my Department also has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of North Harbour at Cape Clear, as well as the maintenance of a small number of specific piers, lights and beacons throughout Ireland, in accordance with the 1902 ex-congested Districts Board piers, lights and Beacons Act.

The Office of Public Works falls under the remit of its parent department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Responsibility for the development and maintenance of Local Authority owned piers, harbours and slipways rests with each Local Authority in the first instance and their parent Department, the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government thereafter. The responsibility for the development and maintenance of Pollnadiva Pier therefore rests with Sligo County Council.

As part of the annual Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, my Department has provided limited funding to assist coastal Local Authorities in carrying out small-scale projects for the development and repair of piers, harbours and slipways in their ownership. In 2013 funding of €63,750 was provided by my Department to Sligo County Council for the purposes of repair works at Pollnadiva Pier.

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that I have approved funding of €2m for the Local Authority element of my Department's 2019 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.  My Department wrote to Coastal Local Authorities on January 28th inviting them to submit prioritised lists of projects for consideration.

An application for funding has been submitted by Sligo County Council in respect of Pollnadiva Pier under the 2019 programme.  Detailed applications have now been requested from Local Authorities for short-listing.